AR-15 Podcast - John Lovell from Warrior Poet Society

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode Reed is going to be speaking with John Lovell from Warrior Poet Society.


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ARP 129 - Carbine Training with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts


Welcome to Episode #129 of the AR15 Podcast. We’re joined by Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts this week to talk about carbine training. Now you’ve got a fancy rifle built, how do you develop the skills needed to safely and effectively put rounds through it?

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Main Topic:  Carbine Training with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts

  • Steve’s Background
    • Law Enforcement
    • Magpul
    • Sentinel Concepts
    • Why train?
      • But my dad taught me how to shoot a duck.
      • Typical costs?
      • Different ‘types’ of classes?
      • Basic/Intermediate/Advanced?
      • Finding a trainer/course
        • How big should the trainer’s beard be, at a minimum?
        • Local listings
        • Online forums
        • Youtube
        • AARs
        • Facilities vs Individuals
        • Reputable/safe?
        • Qualifications/background/applicability to your situation?
        • Prepping for class
          • Proficiency
          • Range bod
          • Read AARs!
          • Gear that goes pew
          • Gear that supports you
          • Class
            • Get to know other students
            • Take notes!
            • It’s not time to show off
            • Hydrate, hydrate
            • After Class
              • Keep in touch
              • Write AARs!
              • Review your notes
              • Did anything fail on you?
              • Other Questions for Steve?

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Dan V: I'm sending a pic of my 1st ar and 1st ar build.  I kept it basic...but I'm prouder than heck of myself for doing it all from scratch and no experience with guns.  It's an anderson lower and a Surplus Ammo rifle kit...SAA is from the seattle area.  Anyway, a buddy of mine I teach with and I bought identical kits and with a youtube video...built our own ars.  Very fun and very cool.  The scope is off of an old mosin kit I bought, but it might as well be a schmitt and bender to me.  Now that I'm acclimated to builds, I will continue to do more.  I think an ar 10 would be fun.  How about a podcast with build info particular to those building their first ar 10?  The pics will be on facebook because i don’t know how to attach them here.

Michael C: Hey Reed, just listened to you on Handgun Radio podcast, which is one of my favorites. I live in Grand Prairie, and own a P938 and P250, both of which I love. The P938 is my daily carry gun. If you want to shoot these things, just let me know - I can meet you somewhere and turn you loose with them (and anything else I have - STI 1911, Walther PPX, Firestar 45, FN HP, S&W SD9 VE, etc).

joelfrederick:  Great Job!   The intro is good, the podcast audio quality is noticeably improved.

Austin L: First off let me say I’m a huge fan of the show and really appreciate the content you provide. I have used a number of the pointers you gave during my first build a couple months ago, which I posted and tagged you in on Instagram under my lightweight 5.5 pound AR. But now I am looking at 3 more builds, one in the works and 2 in planning. The current one in progress is a DPMS pattern AR-10 in 308, 16 in barrel and trying to be light and very accurate, possibly adding a 6.5 upper to to it later on. The next 2 are a 6.5 Grendel and a heavy hitter such as 450 bushmaster or 458 socom but would like your input on the best route to go a far as accuracy, parts availability and cost for the Grendel and the heavier build. As well if would be great to get advice on what I can do to improve accuracy other than buying the most expensive parts or an already build gun.

In conclusion I would like to request you contact Steve Adelmann of Citizen Arms for an interview. I have bought a couple Ar’s from him, one in 7.62x39 and one in 5.56 and he is an absolute wizard when it comes to an accurate AR. The 7.62x39 groups well under ¾ inch at 100 yd and rings 14 inch steel out to 600 yd, and the 5.56 groups .40 inch at 100. All  of these are with factory loads, and none are the huge heavy contour guns which is why I would love to hear his input along with yours.

Thank you guys for a great show and please keep them coming

Chiforce MediaCatapult: Thanks for all the great info & interviews with Josh Waldron i have hearing loss from a lifetime of hunting..great show guys

Randall F: With the massive popularity of The Walking Dead, you would think that if they re-released the Colt Python, it would single-handedly rescue that company.

@dylan.h.cave: I’m attending a carbine training course this afternoon.  My double rifle case is packed tight with two rifles.  Two rifles that I cleaned the night before like a ritual.  This morning when I went to retrieve the case, I looked at the patch affixed there and I felt a swell of pride as it reminded me that I built both of the rifles inside.


@rebel_ar15: REBEL ARMS CORP RBR-15s Mod 2.  Done in Woodland HD by @weaponworksllc.  Getting a good mechanical break-in.  Loving this AR! Photo by @lionhartemk


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ARP 054 - Training with the USMC


Reed and Louis Discuss the state of Marine Corps firearms instruction

Welcome to Episode #054 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with us is my special guest Sergeant Louis, a Marine Corps combat marksmanship coach. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

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I enjoyed your scope episode, as it explained many differences among scopes. However, there's this nagging question in my mind. Is it implicitly stated that if you are using a scope for long range shooting or sighting in, then you are also trying keep things steady? I don't even try to sight in without a table, chair, and some bags or something to support the rifle.  Now once things are sighted in sufficiently, then I can try to see how good I am with hand holding or different stances.

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Tip of the Week:  Proper breath control is an often overlooked component of the fundamentals of marksmanship.   Being something we do so very naturally, it is important to remember that attention must be paid to the natural rhythms of our breathing when on the rifle and then finding that place where we reach our natural respiratory pause.  At that natural pause, one must synchronize that pause with a slow and steady rearward application of the trigger.  Holding your breath will lead to tremors as a result of oxygen depletion in the muscles.  This causes muscle tension which in itself is undermining the principle of muscular relaxation and bone support.  Focus on the natural rhythms of your breathing and find your respiratory pause.

Main Topic:

USMC Firearms Training

Listener Feedback:

Grant C:  Guys, You're killing me!! Yawl increased the size of some of your podcast so I can no longer burn them to CD to listen to them in my truck back and forth to work. I’m not much of an ITunes guy so I roll old school, can you hook it and post as a part A & B if it goes over 70 minutes? That would be awesome!!!

I love the information I get from your show as I always get a gem or two every time I listen.  I am making my wish list for my 300 blackout build and am wondering if there are any pitfalls or optimal configuration I should look out for or consider. IE. gas system lengths, buffer/spring weight, twist rates. I see you have a show on reloading the 223 (I still have to listen to it from my computer, to big to burn), how about one on reloading 300 AAC Blackout!!! It seems to be the latest and greatest round, a little expensive and hard to find though. I have read where you can make your own 300 AAC out of 223 brass and 30 cal bullets. Any recommendations, tricks or tips?

Thank you Gentleman.

Greg P:  Excellent Podcasts! I was listening to episode 14 for a second time. This episode talked about what to buy and where to buy AR parts. AR parts are built to a pretty tight specification. If one buys Mil Spec parts and installs them correctly there is a pretty good chance that everything will work Right?

I’ve just completed my first build. I was looking for assurance of parts compatibility with the specification. With this in mind, I selected only Mil Spec parts for my build. I’ve installed everything correctly. I've function checked the rifle and it cycles rounds nicely (no slam fires). I’ve cleaned and lubed all the required items. So the build is done.

I may be overly wary on this point but, what should I do after I've completed my build? I mean, can I now head to the range with my freshly built, cleaned, and lubed AR and start sending rounds down range? Maybe I missed the discussion on the post build process, if there is one.

How do I know if my build is safe to fire?

Michael C:  Reed and Jake, Regarding bullets you can use at your range.  I don’t know your range, but I think you might be mistaken about full metal jacket bullets.  Do you mean military full metal jacket?  Some military rounds (green tip, SS-109) have a steel core “penetrator”.  And most surplus 7.63 X 39 (AK type rounds) have a steel core.  Most ranges don’t allow the steel core or “penetrator” type ammunition because it destroys steel targets and creates a fire hazard (steel hitting hard rock, concrete or other metal creates spark.)

The 77 SMK bullets you mentioned you shoot I imagine you shoot at the range, but they are FMJ; yes an open point, but still a FMJ for the most part.

Not all brass is created equal, some are harder, some are softer, can case capacity changes.  For most reloaders any brass will do with the exception of Federal; Federal is too soft.  My work used to use Federal and we for the most part, fire it forget, sweep it up, throw it in the bucket and off it goes to wherever they sell it for recycling. I was running short on brass so I took some of our Federal brass to reload for short range (200 and 300 yards).  I was having problems with primers blowing and the extractor ripped over the rim on a couple.  Federal is in the only brass I’ve had problems with.

I am a purpose type reloader focusing on accuracy and I customize the load to my rifles.  I use Winchester or Black Hills Brass for short range and Lapua for 600 yards.  I have several pieces of brass I’m on the 5th and 6th reload and the brass shows no sign of wear or donut development.

Reloading can be an endless topic.  I would like to add two other things I do for reloading.

-          Uniform the primer pocket

-          Deburr the flash hole.

 When brass is manufactured it is drawn and punched.  This means the primer pocket is domed and the depth is not uniformed.  Also since the flash hole is punched excess metal comes up and creates a flower petal like effect inside the case.

By uniforming the primer pocket you will insure proper seating depth for the primer, which will decrease the change of a slam fire and will make seating the primer easier.

By deburring the flash hole (and you only need to do this operation once for the life of the brass) you insure a uniform flash to ignite the powder.  What will happen if you don’t have a uniform ignition, is you don’t get a uniform burn and you may get a bullet tip during the bullet jump.  Now you will only see this effect at long ranges, more than 600 yards.  Caution this operation removes a lot of brass from the case, make sure it doesn’t get in your eyes!

I would also add safety to reloading: wear safety glasses, gloves and a heavy canvas work bid.  Metal flies, and primers do ignite on occasion (the primer ignition hasn’t happened to me yet, but it has to a couple of friends).

 If you want to know more than you would ever want to about reloading for completion I highly recommend Glen Zediker’s book “Handloading for Competition”  Glen also has other great book on the AR platform for competition.


ARP 035 - Big Boar Tactical FRN Staff Shoot


Steve, Reed, and Brad talk about their shooting at Big Boar Tactical just outside of Dallas, Texas. Intro:  

Welcome to episode #35 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your Firearms Radio Network Roving Correspondent Steve here with your host Reed and Brad from the FRN IT team. This is THEE podcast about your favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Main Topic:Big Boar Tactical FRN Staff Shoot / Training - Description of property: acreage, pond, elevation and surrounded by berms, pistol and rifle targets (steel and paper) line the north and west    berms; helicopter sniper targets, 3 story structure - Pistol steel (speed/accuracy with hostage etc.) - Double tap challenge ( 0.25 seconds is good) - Rifle at 25 yds (shooting and reloads) - Rifle at 50 yds (red dot and iron) (shooting and reloads) - Transition drills - Moving and shooting while approaching targets, along with transitions - Stress of shot timer and competition - Dealing with the heat

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Here is some feedback on the show.  Love it. I am new to the AR platform and love my ARs versatility.  My next project will be to build one piece by piece. I was curious if it is possible to assemble an AR within a normal show (45-60 min).  If so, having a detailed walk through of how to put it together would be great,  basically whoever is assembling just narrates what they are doing.   If it can be done within an hour it would go to show how easy it is, as well as provide step by step instructions for listeners to download the podcast, crank it up and have someone in our ear explain what to do.  Ok keep up the good work thanks for giving us another great podcast to listen to.

Feedback / Listener QuestionsDan M.: I own a Colt 6940, which has a monolithic upper and a Rock Rivers Arms LAR-8 that has a Standard upper. I was wondering if you could do a podcast on the pros and cons of monolithic uppers vs standard uppers.

Tom J.:  I've been thinking about building my first AR. Before I buy my lower can you explain the difference between the single stage vs two stage trigger assembly?

David D:  Hi Steve and Reed, I have been listening to your podcast for about one month. I would rate it a big six. I am shooting a 223 and a 6.5 Grendel. I built the 6.5 Grendel upper and I am getting great groups with it. I am using a 120 grain Berger target bullets with VihtaVuori N-130 powder. I used the Berger Bullets Reloading Manual, first edition to get the information to load for my Grendel. I am getting half inch groups at 100 yards. Your podcast has been a great teaching tool for me. I have been loading cartridges for almost 24 years.  When I first got into to reloading I would read a lot of gun books and magazines.  I would read about lubricating the bullets with molly coat. You would have a tumbler with steel shot in it add some molly dry lube and then the bullets. The tumbler would make the steel shot pound the bullets with the molly lube. I do not see anybody talking about lubricating bullets anymore. Did they find a problem with lubing the bullets, did it cause a problem with the barrel. I did add a few photos of my Grendel and a target for you. Thanks keep up the good work

Bob from Keokuk:  Reed, You do a fine job on your own but I enjoy the two man podcasts more. You had someone ask a question about melonite finish vs chrome lined.

Chrome lining is a surface plating. So the barrel will be made slightly smaller before lining. The barrel is plated with the Cr to a given thickness to bring the size into specification. I have read different opinions about reducing accuracy. I think it is one of those things while plausible in the real world 99.9% of people will not see a difference.

The melonite finish is not a coating. It is a carbonitriding. There are different methods but the goal of each is to increase the amount of nitrogen and to a smaller extent carbon in the crystal matrix of the steel. By adding Carbon and Nitrogen you make a small layer of the steel extremely hard and abrasion resistant. The steel is not coated but actually changed to a given depth. I can see how theoretically this is better, the barrel is made to size so any imperfections are not magnified by adding a lining and because the steel itself is changed there is no worry of the lining coming apart from the substrate. If cost is the same I would probably go with the melonite. However, if the difference in cost is significant I don't see that I would experience much of a difference.

If you care about the metallurgy here is a thumbnail of what is going on. I am not an expert and this is extremely rudimentary.

Carbon and Nitrogen are very small atoms compared to the iron that makes up the majority of the steel. Molybdenum, Chromium, Manganese and Nickel are all similar size so they take the place of an iron atom in the crystal structure. C and N are extremely small so they live between the iron atoms. By doing so they can make nitrides and carbides in the structure that are extremely hard compared to the iron matrix surrounding them. The C and N that stays in the steel matrix also makes the movement of atoms more difficult so the iron matrix is stronger as well.

Generally in steel making you don't want much Nitrogen dissolved in solution when it is liquid. As the metal changes from liquid to solid the steel cannot hold as much dissolved nitrogen so eventually when the saturation point is reached the nitrogen comes out of solution as gas and leaves pinhole voids in the steel. (Best illustration is to look at ice frozen with some filtered water. You have clear outside surrounding a cloudy center. As the water freezes it cannot hold as much gas in solution. The gas has nowhere to go but into the liquid water remaining. At some point the water cannot hold any more gas so it comes out of solution and you get the bubbles in the center.) When the steel is in a solid solution if you heat it up in a nitrogen rich atmosphere you can get the nitrogen to dissolve into the surface. Many of the processes I have read about use a molten salt bath or a plasma to excite the atoms enough to dissolve in. Once you have the depth that you need the metal is cooled and the nitrogen is trapped into the crystal structure.

If you are still awake, thanks for the podcasts.

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ARP 021 - From the NRA Annual Meeting

Welcome to episode #21 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Greg Bakken. This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

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